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CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- Fireworks are seen over the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa, on December 31, 2017. Cape Town celebrated the New Year with a massive display of fireworks. XINHUA PHOTOS - WERNER HERBOTH and CLARRISA BOURN

South African President highlighting 'inclusive growth' for 2018

JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) -- South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday said in his new year message that the country will strive to achieve inclusive growth in 2018.

Zuma said the country experienced a poor economic growth in 2017 but managed to get out of the technical recession. Zuma said they made significant progress in fighting poverty, inequality and unemployment.

"In the New Year, we will need to put extra efforts together, to reignite the economy and promote growth and also to make it inclusive and beneficial to all," said Zuma.

He said the country will continue to promote investments in various sectors, including energy, manufacturing, transport, telecommunications, tourism, oceans economy, mining and agriculture.

"We will also continue to lay a firm foundation for greater growth through our infrastructure rollout program," Zuma said, also promising more investment in education and greater efforts to tackle crime and drug abuse.


Xi and Zuma exchange congratulations on anniversary of relation

BEIJING China (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory messages with his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

In his message, Xi said that with the joint efforts in the past 20 years, the China-South Africa relations have enjoyed comprehensive and in-depth development, and have been upgraded to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

It has been proven that consolidating and advancing an all-round cooperation between China and South Africa conforms to the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples, Xi said.

He said he is willing to continue to work with President Zuma to further develop the relationship between China and South Africa so as to better benefit the two nations and two peoples.

China and South Africa are co-chairing the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), Xi said, adding that the Johannesburg Summit co-chaired by him and Zuma back in 2015 achieved great success.

China agrees to host a FOCAC summit in 2018, based on President Zuma’s proposal and the common aspritions of other African countries, Xi said.

He added that he is willing to work with President Zuma and other African leaders to make the 2018 summit a historical event which will strengthen unity and cooperation between China and Africa.

For his part, Zuma said that the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and South Africa is a milestone in the two countries’ histories.

In the past 20 years, China and South Africa have achieved sound results in cooperation based on traditional friendship and mutual trust, Zuma said, adding that the bilateral relations have been upgraded and has been attached much strategic importance.

The two nations have been conducting close coordination on common interests and have also jointly tackled new threats and new global challenges, he said.

While co-chairing the FOCAC, South Africa and China are committed to developing the Africa-China partnership and stepping up efforts in implementing the decisions made at the Johannesburg Summit, Zuma said.

He said that he expects to participate in the FOCAC summit to be held in September 2018 in China, expressing willingness that the two countries will take the opportunity of the anniversary to further advance their friendship, expand cooperation and achieve win-win results.

Lightning kills four in South Africa

CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) -- Four people lost their lives when they were struck by lightning in South Africa on Sunday, authorities said.

Two were killed when lightning struck two villages in Eastern Cape Province, the provincial health department said.

Sixteen other people were injured during the strikes, said the department.

A separate lightning strike in KwaZulu-Natal Province killed two people and injured three others, the provincial government said.

Those injured have been taken to nearby hospitals and were in a stable condition. Most of them suffered severe burns, according to health officials.

Heavy storms have ripped through the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal province in the past few days, leaving a trail of destruction.

Disaster management teams have been put on high alert following the storms.

Authorities have cautioned people against using trees as a cover in cloudy conditions, particularly in the middle of summer when lightning takes place frequently.

South Africa has one of the highest lightning ground strike densities in the world. Particularly in recent years, deaths from lightning are growing in rural areas.

Thunderstorms, generating big electrical discharges, are common in South Africa’s eastern and northern provinces between October and March.

At least 100 people are killed annually due to lightning strikes in South Africa, according to official statistics.


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